Sunday, December 27, 2009

"One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."

So who would win in a fight, Edward or Blade?   Edward, the glittering vamp from Twilight or the relentless vampire slayer, Blade from the series of the same name.   It's a fair question.

How about which is a better film, Twilight or Let the Right One In?

Twilight Saga: New Moon or Chan-wook Park's Thirst?

In all the excitement over Twilight, I think two of the best vampire films of the last few years have been overlooked.   Twilight is The Littlest Vampire when compared to either of these films.  Both of which were on my best list for '08 and '09, respectively.

Let the Right One In is a touching tale about a friendless boy and his budding friendship with a little girl on the other side of the courtyard.    Thirst is a dark, sometimes comedic tale about a man who discovers he's become a vampire and tries to do good, by the way this man is a priest.  

They are both beautifully told, well directed and finely acting.   Fans of Twilight should do themselves a favor and see these films.   They are not set in the safe, glittery world that is presented in Meyer's book.  These worlds are dangerous, bloody and heartbreaking. 

For the non-Twilight crowd, these are fantastic genre films.   I prefer Let the Right One In over Thirst but they are both worth a look.

BTW, Blade would wipe the floor with the Cullen clan.

Twilight - **
Let the Right One In - ****1/2
Thirst - ****

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